A Letterpress Christmas 2015 : Luxe Photo Cards from Minted

A Letterpress Christmas 2015 at Paper Crave

I’m kicking off my 10th annual (what?! holy cow!) “A Letterpress Christmas” with a brand new, fresh off the press collection from Minted. Their new luxe letterpress holiday photo cards have my holiday lovin’ heart going pitter-pat, and I think you’ll agree that the designs are absolutely stellar. Here are just some of my favorites from this craveable collection:

Luxe Letterpress Holiday Photo Cards from Minted

1. A Christmas of Love & Laughter by Wildfield Paper Co. 2. Much Joy by Paper Dahlia 3. Floral Corners by Lori Wemple 4. Joyful Path by Cheer Up Press 5. Cheers by Paper & Parcel 6. Winter Joy by Splendid Supply Co. 7. Bright Future by Annie Clark 8. Festive Pine Frame by Hooray Creative 9. Bright Pine by Kristie Kern

images from Minted

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Holiday Card Picks : Hip – Hip

It’s that time of the year again, time for me to share gobs of merry and bright holiday cards and related paper-y goodness with you. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited about it!

My first holiday card picks of the season come from a new shop called Hip-Hip. Allison Black, the talented illustrator and designer behind Hip-Hip, is one half of the duo from the awesome stationery shop, Hooray Today. Sadly, Hooray Today closed up shop when Allison and her co-founder, Alyssa Nassner, moved across the country from each other. But Allison couldn’t stay away from the world of stationery and decided to strike out on her own. As a result, Hip-Hip was born, and the shop already has oodles of quirky and colorful, illustrated cards, tags, and more within its virtual aisles.

The Hip-Hip holiday collection is so much fun! You’ll find mermaid santas and cats that would give Ebenezer Scrooge a run for his money, as well as a merrily striped tiger and penguins on holiday, among the quirky characters embellishing the holiday cards. And the jumbo gift tag sets, well, they’re just awesome. In addition, you can pick up bundles that include a selection of both cards and gift tags and give you great bang for your buck.

Here are just some of my favorites from the Hip-Hip holiday collection, and be sure to head over to the shop to see all of the available designs.

Illustrated Holiday Cards & Jumbo Gift Tags from Hip-Hip

images from Hip-Hip

Quick Picks : 11.5.15

Insert Quote Letterpress Card by Wild Ink Press

Insert Quote Letterpress Card by Wild Ink Press

This Week’s Picks

♥ Halloween may be over, but this printable owl mask by Mini Eco for Paperchase is still awesome.

♥ Very cool and clever packaging by design studio Horse for TÅPPED birch water.

♥ Have you checked out the new holiday cards that I’ve been adding to the shop section? Lots of pretty paper happening over there.

♥ Why, hello there, Frank.

♥ If you’re intrigued by letterpress and want to find out more about this wonderful printing technique, then you might wanna head on over and check out Letterpress in the Modern Age, a free e-book from LCI Paper.

image from Wild Ink Press

Trendspotting : Passion for Purple

To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of traditional purple. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it, either. However, the trending crop of purples have me wanting to break out my pom-poms (yarn, of course) and do a little cheer. And I am not the cheerleader type. At all.

The new purples are a diverse bunch – with undertones of pink, magenta, and gray – that range from deep and dramatic plums on the dark side to dusty mauves and orchids on the light side. As for coordinating colors, you’ve got a lot to choose from here. Pair a deep and saturated plum with the other on trend darks like deep blue green or indigo for a look that’s fierce and dramatic, or pair a dusty mauve with a neutral like ivory, barely gray, or an on trend hue like blush pink for a look that’s soft and romantic.

Most of these purples also pair very well with the super popular metallics – ooh, deep plum plus copper would be stunning. And they play well together for tone-on-tone or ombre looks.

I hope that the eye candy below will inspire you to consider one or more luscious purple hues for your upcoming projects!

2016 Stationery Color Trends : Passion for Purple

Above, clockwise from top left : Modern Hepburn* – via // Leila Chenvia // Abstract Jewel Wedding Invitations by Rebecca Bowen // Joseph de Leovia // Winterblue11 via Colorwaysvia // Happy Interior Blogvia // The Lanevia // Clive Nicholsvia // Horchowvia // Elie Saabvia

* Could not find the original source, so please let me know if you know.